Church concert robbed

02 December 2016


To the rescue: St Hilda's Festival Chorus

To the rescue: St Hilda's Festival Chorus

A CHOIR has launched an appeal after a thief stole almost £1000 raised at a charity concert.

Ticket money for a Last Night of the Proms-style performance by the St Hilda’s Festival Chorus and Orchestra, at St Hilda’s, Whitby, in North Yorkshire, was stolen moments after the concert finished, on Saturday 19 November. The group had spent about a year preparing for the evening, which was arranged to raise funds for St Catherine’s Day Hospice in the town. A thief who had posed as a friend of the Vicar knocked cash boxes on to the floor and, as he picked them up, took the contents of one before replacing the lid.

The choir chairman, David Higgins, said: “We thought people in the church were trustworthy, and all of a sudden that trust has gone out the window. It’s a horrible, despicable crime, but now we’re hoping to raise the money again.”

By Wednesday, £705 had already been donated via the website

Police appealed for witnesses, and described the thief as aged in his late twenties or thirties, about six foot tall, with dark hair and stubble, and wearing a cream jumper and jeans.

Forthcoming Events

16-18 February 2018
Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

Our literary festival with a theological slant in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Speakers include Francis Spufford, Ruth Valerio, Eve Poole, Mark Oakley, James Runcie and many others. Find out more

5-6 May 2018
Church Times Festival of Poetry
With Sarum College, Salisbury. More details coming soon - register your interest here

The Church Times Podcast

Interviews and news analysis from the Church Times team. Listen to this week’s episode online

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

This January, non-subscribers can read up to thirty articles for free. (You will need to register.)